Projects within the SafeAyr zone

Taxi Marshals

Safe Ayr - Taxi

Taxi marshals are employed between the hours of 11.30pm and 3.30am on Friday and Saturday nights. They control the Boswell Park taxi rank, and are, on occasion, located at Smith Street. A toilet marshal maintains order outside the Arthur Street public toilets. Their role is to manage the queue in the taxi ranks, promote the taxi ‘etiquette’ and provide relevant public information.

Traffic Restriction Order

A traffic restriction, for the busiest area around Boswell Park, came into force on 28th April 2006. This restricts access to taxis, private hires and emergency vehicles, between midnight and 4.00am on Saturdays and Sundays. This allows easier access in the event of an incident, as well as reducing over-crowding.

Environmental Improvements

Various ‘clean-up’ measures help in the drive to improve and maintain a tidy and clean town centre. Extra bins are allocated in identified litter hotspots.. As well as removing all the rubbish, the availability of potential weapons, such as discarded glass bottles, is avoided. Recent improvements involving the mechanical removal of chewing gum from the pavements were completed in January 2008, in Arthur Street and Boswell Park.

Toilet Facilities

The lack of accessible public toilets was identified as a contributory problem to disorder within the town centre. To address this problem, the public toilets in Arthur Street are now open between the hours of 11.30pm and 3.30am on Friday and Saturday nights and are monitored by a Toilet Marshal.


A mobile Police Office is occasionally situated in the Boswell Park car park between 11.30pm and 4.00am on Friday and Saturday nights during targeted weekends. This provides a highly visible presence and offers revellers reassurance. It is staffed by two Police officers who can deal with the range of problems the public may encounter. South Ayrshire Sub Division also provides additional resources during peak periods of the year.

Catch up Drinking – What was I Thinking?

The main aim of the project was to raise awareness to staff within licensed premises (pubs/clubs) of sensible drinking levels and the health implications of binge drinking, along with a greater understanding of alcohol units. The information was relayed via text messages and was conducted on behalf of Ayrshire Drug Action Team (ADAT).